Your First Digital Planner for iPad (FREE)👉Best Way to Take Notes on iPad

Are you new to digital planning? Get ready to discover the best way to take notes on iPad.

I’ll reveal all the Tools, Steps and FREE templates, so let’s start creating your first digital notebook for iPad.


Don’t want to read it all? Here’s the summary: if you own an iPad and an Apple Pencil you can write handwritten, searchable notes on the go by following the steps:
1) Install an notes app: Noteshelf, Notability or Goodnotes
2) Signup for FREE PDF templates at: https://outlinevault.com/try/
2) Download and add a PDF template to the app


Why use a digital planner for iPad

best way to take notes on iPad

If digital planning is for you, you’ll NEVER go back to your paper planner. You’ll LOVE to use your iPad for work to…

  • take notes and easily erase mistakes
  • search through notes with ease
  • write endless pages without worrying that you’ll be out of pages

I’ll show you how you can magically transform your iPad into your best daily plannermeeting book, or project book with a few different templates.

Try an iPad digital planner template free, BEFORE paying for one.

👉 You may feel the urge to jump a few steps ahead to search the whole internet and buy your first … or second … or third digital planner, to later get overwhelmed by all the time and money you’ve spent. Just wait for a sec…

👉 I’ll share free PDF templates and bestsellers demos that you can use and test if digital planning is for you before buying your favorite planner. 👇👇👇

What is a digital planner?

A digital planner is a template (PDF or PNG file) that you must import into a note-taking app to transform into your mighty paperless planner.

It’s like adding furniture into a building to make it the cozy home of your life! ❤️️

  • The Furniture = the PDF or PNG template (you’ll find FREE templates below)
  • The Building = the note-taking app (I’m going to tell you what’s my favorite app)
  • The Cozy Home = your digital planner ❤️️ the home for all your notes, thoughts, and brilliant ideas.
  • Your Life = your iPad with Apple Pencil

No worries, it may seem scary, but it isn’t! Plus, I’m here to show you all the steps.

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Tools & Steps to start with digital planning

Discover the best way to take notes on iPad:

  1. Grab an iPad (with iOS 14+)
  2. Have a compatible Apple Pencil
  3. Go to AppStore and download the Noteshelf app, one of the best apps to take notes on iPad, along with Notability and Goodnotes 5 (read this article to see how to use Goodnotes vs. Notability vs. Noteshelf)
  4. Download a PDF or a PNG template on your iPad and import it to Noteshelf or other note-taking app (get my Goodnotes Notability and Noteshelf templates FREE in the next section)
  5. Create your first digital planner using the new templates (watch the video in the next section).

Step 1: Unlock the freebies

Once you install Noteshelf, unlock my ⭐5x PDF template pack⭐ from below to get started with digital planning. You’ll get my best templates in a mix of portrait and landscape pages and white or background paper:

  • Daily Plan, Meeting Notes, Daily Project Management (in portrait with white or dark paper background)
  • Cornell Notes and 30-Day Challenge (in landscape with white or dark paper background)

Here’s a quick video on downloading a PDF template, importing it to Noteshelf, and creating your first digital notebook.

Click on the Facebook Share Button below to UNLOCK the 5x PDF templates!

It’s ok to take your time. Don’t rush it.

Spend the next 6-7 days playing with these templates before moving to step 2 below. Relax, play with the templates and get familiar with the Noteshelf note-taking app.

Step 2: Signup to try my Bestsellers

Want more structure, more templates, and better productivity?

Over the past three years, I have perfected four templates that have quickly become my bestsellers. I’m going to share these goodnotes planner templates free.

Step 3: Buy a Digital Planner ⭐

Happy with what you’ve tried so far? Now you’re ready to invest in your best digital planner to use every year. These are the best digital planners I’d suggest to start with:

Keep in mind that all DATED digital notebooks will be available to purchase every year during the fall (starting with October 15th).

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People also asked…

Are digital planners worth it?

If you’re taking a lot of notes at work, and want to ditch the bulky paper planner, then Yes! Absolutely. They’re super easy to use and make it simple to organize your life.

Here are just a few reasons that a digital planner will change your life:

  • You can easily erase mistakes or move text around the page (like moving a task from 9am to 1pm)
  • Search through your notes with ease
  • Write endless notes without running out of pages

Are digital planners reusable?

The answer is yes, and no.

Want more structure, more templates, and better productivity?

Undated planners can be reused every year. You can keep the original clean and import it to your app whenever you need to start fresh. It is excellent because it means you don’t have to buy a new one yearly!

A few of my UNDATED Bestselling digital planners are the Project Planner and the People Planner.

If your planner has dates on the pages (like an agenda), then it should be replaced each year since the dates change. My bestselling dated planners are the Outline Planner and the Meeting Planner.

How do I make my own digital notebook?

If you can’t find a template to fit your daily schedule, you can design one using premium tools like Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator. Using Canva or Powerpoint may be a promising approach for people with less technical skills.

Perfecting a great digital notebook may take weeks or months of work, so if you don’t want to spend all the summer designing your planner, buy a digital planner instead.

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